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Culture, Stage The Art of Undermining Your Friends

The Art of Undermining Your Friends

The menace in Idris Goodwin's Blackademics, a West Coast premiere by Crowded Fire Theater, begins even before the play starts. Mikiko Uesugi's set design is a slate- and medium-wood-colored box that's eerily empty but for an assortment of wooden cutting…
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Culture, Stage XX-Rated Theater: Philippines-Set Hedda Gabler Required Female Perspective

XX-Rated Theater: Philippines-Set Hedda Gabler Required Female Perspective

Bay Area theater suffers from gender disparity at every level of the game: whose scripts get produced and which kinds of stories get told, which actors get union contracts, who gets promoted to leadership positions — and who gets to…
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Culture, Stage The Madness of King Lear: Puppets, Acclaimed Clown Tackling Shakespeare Tale in Two Productions

The Madness of King Lear: Puppets, Acclaimed Clown Tackling Shakespeare Tale in Two Productions

When it comes to playing King Lear, renowned actor Geoff Hoyle isn't exactly straight out of central casting, as he freely admits. "I know no one's going to cast me," he says. "I'm this diminutive 5'6", 130-pound guy" — not…
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Culture, Stage Challenge Accepted: Bay Area Theaters Take Big Risks That Pay Off.

Challenge Accepted: Bay Area Theaters Take Big Risks That Pay Off.

American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco's flagship theater company, isn't exactly known as a purveyor of risky new plays. When it's not doing its annual A Christmas Carol or socially retrograde duds like Napoli!, it's producing myths and Brits. The company's…
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Culture, Stage Symbolic Gestures: Two New Plays Interrogate Race Relations in Novel, Powerful Ways

Symbolic Gestures: Two New Plays Interrogate Race Relations in Novel, Powerful Ways

It's hard to know how to read the theater ensemble putting on a play-within-a-play — or, as it would insist, a "presentation"-within-a-play — in Just Theater's complicatedly named We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia,…
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Culture, Stage All in the Family: An Unusually Close-Knit Group of Performers Takes on one of the Great Greek Classics

All in the Family: An Unusually Close-Knit Group of Performers Takes on one of the Great Greek Classics

Sophocles's Antigone, one of the first and greatest Western tragedies ever written, is often thought of as a grand clash of moral imperatives. The daughter of Oedipus — yes, that Oedipus — defies the law of man (specifically, her uncle,…
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Culture, Stage Sexuality Deferred: American Playwrights Retread the Same Story About Repressed Women Breaking Free. It's Time for Another Narrative.

Sexuality Deferred: American Playwrights Retread the Same Story About Repressed Women Breaking Free. It's Time for Another Narrative.

At the end of The Cable Car Nymphomaniac, a world premiere and the inaugural production of FOGG Theatre, and Late: A Cowboy Song, which was written in 2003 and is now playing at Custom Made Theatre Company, you might feel…
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Culture, Stage Blank Space: Ragged Wing Ensemble Explores the Meaning of "Home" in Its New  Oakland Studio

Blank Space: Ragged Wing Ensemble Explores the Meaning of "Home" in Its New Oakland Studio

It's not hard to understand why Ragged Wing Ensemble chose "Homing" as its 2015 season theme. After almost 10 years of nomadism, the company opened its own space, the Flight Deck, last June in a former warehouse two blocks from…
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News, Feature Winter Arts: Theater

Winter Arts: Theater

Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical Fans of the Cockettes, San Francisco's gender-twisting drag group from the '70s, have long rejoiced in the Thrillpeddlers, who've resuscitated shows such as Hot Greeks and Pearls Over Shanghai. Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester…
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Culture, Stage All the Feels: Two Plays That Are Sentimental But Not Saccharine

All the Feels: Two Plays That Are Sentimental But Not Saccharine

As director Susannah Martin points out in the program for Shotgun Players' production of Our Town, many theatergoers dismiss Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1938 drama as "a quaint piece of sentimental claptrap." Even when it's not getting butchered by high…
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Culture, Stage Bad Trip: Plays About the History of Comedy and Crack Cocaine Should Be Anything but Boring.

Bad Trip: Plays About the History of Comedy and Crack Cocaine Should Be Anything but Boring.

The truest moment in The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) isn't when the three performers kick one another in the balls (or, as they might prefer to call them, "nards"), tell dead baby jokes, or make convincing parallels between the…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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